Adapting enterprise IT to the world of BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

May 2013

Adapting enterprise IT to the world of BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

Posted by Pavan Vyas in Cloud Backup

How cloud technologies and providers can help in the transition to new IT paradigms

Laptop Tablet SmartphoneNewton's laws of motion work even beyond the world of physics. Nowhere do you see them more at work than in today's enterprise IT departments. As users have begun to demand increasing flexibility in the choice of devices, operating platforms, and service options, buoyed by the rise of concepts such as bring your own device (BYOD), consumerization of IT, and self-service provisioning, enterprise IT departments have been slow to respond to change – sometimes even resisting change. This is a classic case of the law of inertia in action. However, even as enterprise IT departments scramble to respond to the changes in the way people work, they have very little choice but to go along with what is fast becoming the new ways of working.

Fortunately for them, cloud computing as a technology has matured significantly and is finding widespread acceptance in enterprise environments. This is good news as using cloud technology and partnering with a cloud services provider is the fastest and painless way to ease into the new realities of the enterprise IT workplace. Why do I say this? Let me explain.

Enterprises are laggards in the adoption of new technologies and paradigms. (Of course, this statement does not apply to every organization, there are always some who are free spirits or early adopters, but for the most part the enterprise tends to be resistant to change). It is here that cloud technology and service providers can help provide the levers to ease the transition to a new approach.

By itself, cloud computing as a technology is inherently flexible. From cost to location and technology, the cloud opens up new vistas and provides options that might not have existed. For example, the cloud can obviate the need for new capital expenditure offering you a "pay as you go" alternative. And there is no lock-in of any kind. Should you change your mind, it is always easy to migrate to a new model or federate your data and applications across clouds and even cloud providers. And for those that fear about the security of the data, cloud technology today provides better options than mainstream approaches. One example of this is for enterprises to look for technologies that have obtained accreditation from well known industry affiliations or government approvals such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 140-2 certified encryption that is provided to enterprise cloud backup and recovery solutions that provides assurance that data is encrypted both in-flight and at rest and provides enterprises with methods to protect data in all endpoint devices such as laptops, smartphone and tablets. As part of the due diligence process, enterprises need to ask to ensure they are selecting and deploying technologies that have been tested and have received industry accreditation from the appropriate standard bodies.

Cloud service providers help ease the process of transition. Well versed in new IT paradigms, they bring skills and expertise that they glean from their many customer implementations. This helps enterprises add capabilities to their IT department without incurring the costs and efforts of hiring new employees or the time needed for newly hired or trained employees to ramp up. It also helps change mindsets and culture – accelerating the fostering of the services paradigm in IT and in bringing renewed accountability and service level agreement driven operations. Such cultural changes may take much longer and may be much tougher to implement in-house. Other than these softer benefits, of course, are the more tangible and well known benefits of lower cost and higher returns on the invested dollar.

"If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulder of giants", said Isaac Newton, the inventor of the laws of motion (which includes the law of inertia). Cloud technologies and service providers are big and powerful giants in today's world. Enterprises that want to go far in the future and stay ahead of competition need to take the leap!

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